The 2004 Round Table on current issues of international humanitarian law, held in Sanremo from 2 to 4 September 2004, addressed the issue of “Strengthening measures for the respect and implementation of international humanitarian law and other rules protecting human dignity in armed conflict: challenges and prospects”.
In order to be efficient, IHL must be adapted to current conditions and relations, as well as to the trends of development of the international community. For these reasons, IHL, as a branch of international law, must be as coherent as possible, the lacunae eliminated, new rules and perhaps institutions developed and streamlined, and the parts which are unclear and therefore open to different interpretations, clarified. In addition to that, the relationship of IHL with other branches touching the same questions or situations must be determined.
The Round Table gathered together a few hundred participants from the different regions of the world including military experts, academics and representatives of governments, international organizations, IHL practitioners and NGOs which spent two to discuss IHL related detention key issues.